The 150 Canadian Women QAL at Next Step Quilt Designs ends this month, just 9 blocks left, 3 weeks to go as I type and I am right up to date, woo hoo. So what do I do? Sign up for two more QALs.😂 And bought the pattern for a third with hopes of doing hopefully some of the QAL...
Call me Tish. Did that make you snort-laugh out loud? It did me. Meanwhile I fell far behind in The Honey Pot Bee with Molli Sparkles, and haven't caught up yet, although I still plan to do enough blocks to make a quilt. Eventually. Oh! And let's not forget Postcards from Sweden, which I hope to do with a few friends before the end of the year.
You know from my previous post that I am joining in with Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl for Wayward Transparency. My second QAL, to which I committed right about the same time as Yvonne's, is with Myra at Busy Hands Quilts, called Splash of Colour. (my autocorrect knows I'm Canadian and keeps fixing it to colour with a 'u'.
The magazineyou see below has sat open to this pattern since I set up my sewing room after we moved in. It sits on the top of a rolling toolbox I bought years ago at Canadian Tire to haul my stuff to quilt retreats and workshops. Said toolbox (a terrific purchase btw) is tall enough that is sits to my right and I rest stuff on it just like a little extra table. When I saw Myra was doing this QAL where you can choose the pattern you want, just has to be black and white with a splash of colour, it was meant to be.
Here's my fabric pull plus the pattern:
I haven't made final decisions as to which fabrics will make it into the quilt, but I'm really liking all of the ones I did pull. You need 24 sets of patches each of lime and of turquoise; you can double or triple up on fabrics, or not. I'm so happy Myra is doing this because I've collected black and white fabrics for a couple of years thinking I'd like to do a black and white quilt. This one, though, with the hits of lime and turquoise (or aqua or teal!) really appeals to me, so better than languishing on the shelf for another two years, they're growing up into a quilt.
What's the third QAL for which I bought the pattern? Why, Alyce of Blossom Heart Quilts Geode QAL, of course! You'll just have to click the link and check out her quilt. I haven't for sure for sure chosen my fabrics, but I have a pretty good idea. I may have purchased a fat quarter bundle of Bari J's latest fabric line from Bernie at Needle and Foot Fine Fabrics. This one goes pretty quick, a step a week, so with October being a bit of a busy month, I'm not holding out too much hope of keeping up.
Not keeping up with a QAL is totally fine, because with most of them, the instructions remain on the host's blog within the posts, forever. Usually at the end of the QAL, the blogger will put a PDF together so that people can buy the pattern and have all the instructions together in one place rather than scrolling through a month or more of posts to find each step. That is what I am going to do with Freefall, the QAL I ran here on the blog in the spring. The instructions will be there forever, the page with all the posts, forever, but the PDFs that have been free on Crafsty (that's an affiliate link, but yes, the PDFs are still free!) will be gathered together into one pattern, which will be for sale. I will leave them up as is, free, on Craftsy until the end of October, so if you'd like to download them while you can, hop to it!
Michele in Arizona did my Freefall QAL on her own after the QAL was done and wow! It's a beauty. She just got it back from the longarmer and bound it, just in time for Fall. I love the borders she added.
I just have to share this other little warm fuzzy I received last month. Do you remember my Pyramid Pouch that was on Moda Bakeshop in 2015? Well I made one for a giveaway and funnily enough a colleague from my teaching years, Janis, won it. That little pouch has travelled quite the number of kilometres with her! She sent me this photo from a bike and barge cruise they took last month. This is Heidelberg, Germany!
Busy Hands Quilts